Kanye West has joked that the “voices in my head” urged him to take the stage at the Grammy Awards on Sunday and protest rocker Beck’s Album of the Year win.
The rapper appeared ready to interrupt the surprised singer’s acceptance speech – just like he did at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009 when Taylor Swift beat Beyonce to the Female Video of the Year crown – but he reconsidered and simply smiled before returning to his seat.
Now, talking about the incident to Ryan Seacrest, West says, “I felt like just the whole Grammys, right when that happened, everybody was looking at me and then people started screaming, ‘Kanye! Kanye! Go do it!’ OK, that didn’t really happen, these were voices in my head. So the voices in my head told me (to) go and then I just walked up, like, halfway up the stage.
“What I really wanted to do is just joke around about what had happened before, but I just really didn’t want to take away from Beck’s moment or the time he’s having to talk because, you know, the Grammys, they play music really quick no matter who you are and everything. So I didn’t want anything to take away from his screen time. So I just walked back down because, you know, it was kind of a joke, like the Grammys themselves.”
After the ceremony, West told E! News that Beck should have handed his award to Beyonce, because she was the more obvious winner. Beck later agreed that Beyonce should have picked up the Album of the Year honour.
Meanwhile, West also told Seacrest that he has the utmost respect for Beck, adding, “Beck is one of the nicest guys and one of the most respected musicians in the game. So, there’s nothing that I will want to do as a fellow musician to disrespect him in any way.
“The weird thing is like, and I don’t feel like I have the right to take away from people’s moments, but the reality of it is… it’s almost like a chiropractor. You know, you just get a little crook out like, ‘Wow, this crook has been there!’ It’s just a little jolt of truth, right? And then you know, everyone feels better after the fact, or everyone is way more famous after the fact, or everyone sells way more albums after the fact.”
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